Posts for: March, 2017
Oral hygiene has always been an important part of maintaining overall health. For thousands of years, humans have found ways to keep their teeth and mouths clean. According to the American Dental Association, "early forms of the toothbrush have existed for nearly 5,000 years." But what exactly did the first toothbrush look like?
With help from The Library of Congress, take a look at the following toothbrush timeline:
- 3000 BC - The "chewstick" was used by ancient civilizations as the earliest toothbrush.
- 1498 - The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.
- 1938 - The first nylon bristled toothbrush was introduced.
- 1960 - The Squibb Company introduced Broxodent, one of the first electric toothbrushes.
Today, there are many brands of toothbrushes that often advertise different benefits. The variey of options may seem overwhelming, but the most important thing is for you to find a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use.
The American Dental Association recommmends that you choose a toothbrush that fits comfortably and allows you to effectively reach all areas of your mouth. Whether you decide to use a manual or a powered toothbrush, make sure that you thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth twice daily.
Society has come a long way since the days of the chew stick, but one thing that remains the same is the importance of consistent and effective personal oral hygiene. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Type "How do you brush teeth" into Google and you will find 15.5 million articles discussing the most basic oral health practice. Here's a foolproof guide to keeping your teeth is their best condiditon:
- Two Brushes A Day Keeps The Dentist Away - Brushing for two minutes twice a day is a bare minimum to maintaining a healthy smile. If you can, consider brushing three times a day to keep your chompers clean and your breath smelling great!
- Stop Singing "Happy Birthday!" - A common rule of thumb for the amount of time it should take to brush your teeth is the time that it takes you to hum the Happy Birthday song. Ditch the kids' song and instead, plan on spending two minutes in front of the mirror. Divide up your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds really cleaning each quadrant.
- Check The Technique - Hold your soft bristled brush at a 45 - degree angle to your gums and make small circular motions, which causes your bristles to naturally scallop as the gums scallop around the teeth. Wide, side-to-side strokes can cause scrapes along your gumline. Brush outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and don't forget your tongue!
- Floss - A critical component to a clean and healthy mouth is dislodging any bits of food from between your teeth with floss. Flossing is simple: wind about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand, pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, and then slide the floss up and down against the tooth surface to remove any residue and food. Flossing isn't just for keeping teeth clean; in fact, it's an important tool to fight against bad breath.